Archive for July, 2011

Haynesworth can be fixed

Corey Dillon, Randy Moss, Albert Haynesworth, and now Ochocinco too. All players with different skill sets but they all have one thing in common, they suffer from a ‘all about me’ attitude and a diva complex.

When Corey Dillon came to New England, people all over where doubting Coach Belichick’s ability to turn Dillon into a team player. One Super Bowl later and a member of the New England Patriots All-2000s Team, the Corey Dillon trade was excellent. When the Patriots traded for Randy Moss, there where comments such as “I wish I could share what Kraft must be smoking to go for that trade” on a lot of the NFL related sites. In 2007, Randy Moss broke records and caught 23 touchdowns and 1,493 yards. Nuff’ said.

Haynesworth though is on an entirely different level than Dillon and Moss. Haynesworth has received his money already, has had success to some degree, and he has essentially pulled a Tully Banta-Cain on the Redskins. Haynesworth may be a headcase, but who better to deal with a headcase than Coach Belichick and his staff. The Patriots are polar opposites of the Redskins and the Patriots have very little invested in Haynesworth unlike the Redskins.

The Redskins as an organization is a complete mess. No offense to Mike Shanahan, but he didn’t create the most stable environment last season. Taking McNabb out of the game and putting in Rex Grossman is such an example . When Haynesworth was with Jeff Fisher and the Titians, he was very productive and the player we all remember. As far as stats go, Haynesworth racked up 24 total sacks and 72 assisted tackles. In his two years in Washington, he had 6.5 sacks and 11 assisted tackles. Last year he had 2.5 sacks in 8 games . Mike Wright, our sack leader last season, had 5.5 sacks. I bring up his time in Tennessee because it is a more stable environment like New England. If Jeff Fisher can handle him, Coach Belichick can.

The trade itself is a win-win. If it works out, our defensive line is one of the best, if not the best, in the league. If the trade doesn’t work and Coach Belichick has to cut Haynesworth, we lose a 5th round pick (a hit or miss pick). Heck, if Haynesworth is even marginally good this upcoming season, he would be an upgrade over Gerard Warren.

As Michael Lombardi said “When he is on the field, he has to be doubled. With Vince Wilfork lining up next to him, it spells more than trouble for opposing offensive lines.”

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Recent Moves and Signings

Now that the lockout is over, it has been a tornado of player signings and releases coming in almost every hour. The Patriots have been have been wheeling and dealing for low risk high reward players and it seems like its going to be a great group this year.

Patriots:

  • Rookie Free Agents Signed
  • Free Agents Signed
    • Marcus Stroud, DL
    • Steve Williams, DL
    • Jonathan Compas, OL
    • Chris Morris, C
    • Richard Medlin, RB
    • Mark Anderson, DE
    • Shaun Ellis, DE
    • Andre Carter, DE
    • Mark Anderson, DE
    • Zach Roth, OT
    • Garrett Mills, TE
    • Tiquan Underwood, WR
    • Ross Ventrone, LS
    • Tiquan Underwood, WR
  • Players Traded For
    • DL Albert Haynesworth is now in New England by way of a 5th round pick in 2013 (He has restructured his contract to make $1.5 million in 2011 and $6.7 million in 2012)
    • WR Chad Ochocinco for two picks in 2012 and 2013 (He has also restructured $1 million this year, $3 million in 2012 and 2013)
  • Players Re-signed
    • Kevin Faulk signed a 1 year deal
    • Logan Mankins has signed a 6 year deal
    • Kyle Arrington signed a 2 year $3.275 million max deal
    • Matt Light has signed a 2 year $12 million deal
    • BenJarvus Green-Ellis (who was a RFA)
    • Gerard Warren, Sammy Morris, Brandon McGowan, and Tracy White have been resigned
  • Players Released
    • Jonathan Crompton, QB
    • Sammy Morris, RB
    • Richard Medlin, RB
    • Thomas Clayton, RB
    • Eric Kettani, RB
    • Buddy Farnham, WR
    • Darnell Jenkins, WR
    • Tyree Barnes, WR
    • Tiquan Underwood, WR
    • Alge Crumpler, TE
    • Carson Butler, TE
    • Corey Woods, OL
    • Jonathan Compas, OL
    • Mike Berry, OL
    • Nick Kaczur, T
    • Chris Koepplin, K
    • Matt Katula, LS
    • Aaron Lavarias, DE
    • Darryl Richard, DL
    • Eric Moore, DE
    • Kade Weston, DL
    • Landon Cohen, DL
    • Markell Carter, DE
    • Ty Warren, DE
    • Marlon Favorite, DT
    • Niki Koutouvides, LB
    • Ricky Brown, LB
    • Tully Banta-Cain, OLB
    • Jonathan Wilhite, CB
    • Tony Cater, CB
    • Brandon McGowan, DB
    • Malcolm Williams, DB
    • James Sanders, S

Other League Signings

  • WR Sidney Rice has agreed to a five-year $41 million deal with the Seahawks
  • RB DeAngelo Williams will stay with the Panthers with a $43 million five-year deal
  • WR Santonio Holmes is staying with the Jets on a five-year deal that averages slightly less than $10 million per season
  • WR Donte’ Stallworth will sign with the Redskins
  • WR Michael Jenkins signed a 3 year deal with the Vikings
  • WR Steve Smith (of the Giants) has signed with the Eagles
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